The Town of my Father by Kyle Everett Smith


Photographer: Kyle Everett Smith / @instatrife

Medium: Film, medium format


Kyle Everett Smith is an American photographer, based in Los Angeles. His work focuses on mundane landscapes in modern America. Smith is a published Photographer with experience in both film and digital formats. He is currently working toward an MFA in photography.


This series was shot in Crestline, California, a small mountain town in the San Bernardino Mountains. This town is responsible for shaping my father into the man he is today. This is where he developed his love for nature and his strong work ethic. My father has been a carpenter for over forty years and always spends his free time outdoors. It was only a matter of time for me, growing up, that these ideals would be passed on to me. It was for these reasons that I decided to find out where these ideals came from; it is this mountain town that embodies and runs on these principles. By using a medium format camera, I am able to emphasize detail. It enables me to showcase the beauty and sublimity of his hometown. It also makes me more patient in my practice. It is a slower process that consciously makes me think about my technique and its portrayal of my father’s values; a slower camera for a slower town.


© Kyle Everett Smith 2017